The Congress 2013 NR CC

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More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job - preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood.

Starring:
Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel
Runtime:
2 hours 3 minutes

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The Congress

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Genres Drama, Science Fiction
Director Ari Folman
Starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel
Supporting actors Jon Hamm, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, Michael Stahl-David, Paul Giamatti, Ed Corbin, Christopher B. Duncan, Evan Ferrante, Michal Kahan, John Lacy, Michael Landes, Jill Maddrell, Jörg Vincent Malotki, Don McManus, Charlie Megira, Sarah Shahi, Kevin Thompson
Studio Drafthouse Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I've already wasted 2 hrs. watching this so I don't want waste too much more time just to say what others have spent too much time saying.
1farstar
Only upon entering the grounds, she is required to consume a drug which, basically, turns everything into a rather weird, not terribly watchable cartoon.
Jon Thompson
In the film, this is the impetus behind developing the scanning technology, but it ends up opening another set of issues that widely affect humanity.
Robert Hayes

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Don't watch this movie if you're in the mood for an "easy watch" or you just need to chill. This is not mainstream "entertainment" but is a film that takes you far off the beaten path and into what I felt was more existential than anything. This film will make you think about what we feel about beauty, aging, and what happens to an icon after they peak. A really lovely part of this film is the writer's vision of how we will enjoy icons, "stars," and those who entertain and the idea that the next step for movie lovers is to get to become those they enjoy watching: becoming a part of the experience as opposed to just watching it unfold. This film also has layers of subthemes that are worth a viewer's consideration. Again, if you need to just have a beer and unwind with a few laughs, this is not your movie. But if you want to experience a film that is unique, thought-provoking, and looks at the future of how film might evolve, queue this one up! And, Robin, you were amazing as always.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KristaMK on August 4, 2014
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This is a mind bending movie. It nails America's obsession with youth, beauty and big Pharmaceuticals push to make our reality "better" thru drugs. If you're deep enough to jump into the concept that we each create our own reality, one thought at a time, you'll enjoy. If a Pill makes you happier, why not change your ENTIRE reality to perfection w a drug? Heck ,why not change Reality while you're at it? It also touches on the fact that we now allow individuals to patent a process (routinely done by software firms today); why not a person?
My only criticism is the storyline gets jumbled in, and by, the over-the-top cartoon effects of the perfect "drug" world.
Robin Wright is perfectly cast, you can't help seeing everywomen's angst as she stares deeply into her Princess Bride 20ish self. Paul Giamotti is great again, and supporting Actors are well cast and acted. There's a feeling the Actors are in terra incognito. You will be too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hayes on July 28, 2014
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THE CONGRESS, directed by Ari Folman and starring Robin Wright, is an intriguing film that doesn't have too much of a coherent story, but presents a lot of ideas about human obsession with fantasy and beauty, as well as chemical and technological dependency. The basic premise of the movie is that Hollywood (here presented as a fictional company Miramount) has developed a process by which they can scan an actor's likeness and other attributes for use in films without having to actually have them on a set. Robin Wright, who hasn't really had a hit in a while, is brought this proposal by her agent (Harvey Keitel). It will be a one-time deal, and according to the terms of the contract she will never be able to act again. At first she hesitates because doing so will eliminate her free choice as an actor to choose projects that she wants to do, but eventually she gives in. The film then skips 20 years into the future, with her attending a futurist congress and that's where things get truly interesting (and quite trippy at times).

I honestly didn't have any idea of what to expect when I first heard of this film, but now having watched it I have to admire it for its ambition. It's a combination of live action and hand-drawn animation that was really beautiful to look at, and haunting in its portrayal of a future society where the business of movie-making has become a literal means of escape from the harshness of reality. The ideas proposed in the movie about how technological advances in chemistry will affect us in the future are a bit removed from what we know today, but not entirely implausible either. The idea that we could take a drug and literally become someone else is equally cool and frightening. There is also the idea of the actor as a commodity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robi on August 8, 2014
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just see it and make up your own mind. it was creative, unique, a call to the future among many other things. enjoy!
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Ari Folman is like an exotic flower that only blooms under closely controlled circumstances. "The Congress" is an insanely complex piece of work, a philosophical rumination divided half into live action and half into animation in the 1920's Fleischer style. Robin Wright is magnificent as always. Harvey Keitel is always a tormented lot of fun. It's a good and worthwhile movie. The most wonderful thing about Ari Folman is that he seems not the least whit interested in making movies for commercial gain. He has a lot more on his mind than clumsy cute snowmen and princess dolls. We have to all get together and protect him, even if he doesn't bloom very often.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Munoz on September 4, 2014
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Very odd and thought provoking. I had a little trouble following the plot - in and out of the altered reality, but a very interesting premise as we look at what Hollywood and actors could become in the future. Even now as so many reality shows overtake our TV viewing and writers become unnecessary, will "avitars" eventually become the only actors we need? Scan an actor at age 25 and they never act again - producers use their images in whatever way they want. I wouldn't be surprised if we see something like this in the future...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JustMyOpinion on August 15, 2014
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This movie made sense to me if you substitute pharmaceuticals, the usual "whipping boy", for the real drug of our time....the internet. Lives not lead, but virtually created. So the cartoon section of the film made sense to me when considered in this context.

I was moved by this movie and Robin Wright may be the bravest actress of our time.
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